Dr. Cristina Carollo – Formerly with the Florida Institute of Oceanography, University of South Florida, Dr. Carollo led the effort to acquire funding from the EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program for FWRI to initiate a Gulf of Mexico Alliance project focused on living marine resources. This grant included funding to collect metadata for the 747 references collected by Dr. Simons, and an effort to complete the geo-coding begun by Dr. Yuan. Dr. Carollo has assisted with the writing of proposals, geared toward acquiring more funding for the project and papers to inform the scientific community about the need for and importance of the Gulf species interaction database.
The Harte Research Institute is an endowed research component of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Harte Research Institute is dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. It is the goal of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies to be a research center of excellence providing international leadership in generating and disseminating knowledge about the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and its critical role in the economies of the North American region.